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Trip.com, Etihad to offer carbon offsets for free in new Earth day campaign

Singapore Trip.com, the global travel agency, together with Etihad, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has launched a new campaign ‘Travel with a smaller footprint’  in celebration of Earth day. To celebrate Earth Day from April 22 until May 22, the Trip.com is offering free carbon offsets to customers who will book Etihad flights with the ‘carbon-offset’ tag during the dates of the campaign. 

The campaign will launch in Singapore, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and Ireland, followed by launches in Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, and Australia. Hundreds of Etihad flights with the ‘carbon-offset’ tag will be listed on Trip.com sites. In keeping with the theme of this year’s Earth Day, ‘Invest in Our Planet’ a proportional investment will be made in authorized sustainable initiatives to offset the flight emissions based on the carbon emissions of chosen flights assessed using the ICAO Carbon Emissions Calculator.

The Katingan Petland Restoration and Conservation Project in Kalimantan Province, Indonesia, and the Cordillera Azul National Park REDD+ Project in central Peru will receive offset investments from Trip.com users whose flights are featured in the saidcampaign. Both of these projects are aimed at preserving the environment and habitat restoration.

By participating in this campaign, Trip.com customers will be able to fly with the confidence that they have made a significant financial contribution to offset the cost of their journeys. All Etihad flights with free carbon emission offsetting available on Trip.com are Singapore, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and Ireland.

Chee Teong Ooi, director of International Air Ticketing Business at Trip.com Group, said that Trip.com is committed to providing travellers with more sustainable travel options. 

“Through our collaboration with Etihad, who have a strong commitment to sustainable travel, we are able to offer free flight offsetting to Trip.com users around the world for this exciting campaign,” Ooi said. 

Ooi added, “We are eager to collaborate with partners, like Etihad, to educate travellers and partners on sustainability.”

Meanwhile, Martin Drew, SVP of global sales and cargo at Etihad Airways, commented, “Our Corporate Conscious Choices programme has been designed to facilitate and enable our corporate partners and guests to easily make sustainable choices when they fly.”

“Through our partnership with Trip.com we’re able to achieve this in two ways, first by allowing Trip.com to meet its own sustainability goals, and secondly by extending the programme to guests booking their travel through the platform. This is the reason we built the programme and is an example of effective collaboration to expand sustainable travel opportunities for our guests,” Drew adds.